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Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 09/04/2012

Cowboys’ Jason Witten doubtful for opener against Giants


Jason Witten is sandwiched between two Oakland Raiders defenders on Aug. 13. (Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is listed as doubtful for the NFL season opener Wednesday night against the New York Giants.

However, Witten, who suffered a lacerated spleen Aug. 13 in a game against the Oakland Raiders, is traveling to New Jersey with the Cowboys. Witten, who is to have another CT scan today, did not require surgery for the injury and, if the Cowboys can resist using him Wednesday night, he’d have another 11 days in which to continue to heal, with the Cowboys playing next on Sept. 16 in Seattle.

“If I get cleared, I'm playing,” he said Sunday (via Charean Williams of StarTelegram.com). “It's the only way, I believe, you can approach the game.... This is what you play for. It's an opportunity, especially where we're at and how much work we've put into this situation.”

Witten has missed only one game in his career, when he broke his jaw in his rookie season.

“I think it healed quicker than people thought,” Witten said of his spleen. “But ultimately, medically, it's a quick turnaround. You look it up. A lot of times, those injuries are a lot longer than this. So I think it's just they've got to feel comfortable on seeing what I've done.

“That's why I've really tried to push it myself to try to speed up, and — I don't want to say convince, because ultimately, it's in the scan — but put myself in every position to get that done.”

Nose tackle Jay Ratliff has been ruled out of Wednesday’s game with a high ankle sprain (he was injured Aug. 25) and cornerback Mike Jenkins is questionable with a shoulder injury.

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